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Respiratory

Wiltshire Community Respiratory Team – during COVID-19 Pandemic

Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PACE) Programme  – currently suspended due to the current Covid -19 Pandemic.

Here you will find alternative information options for you to access in order to keep active and well.                                                                                                                                                                                           It is likely that there will be longer waiting lists for Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PACE) as a result of this Coronavirus outbreak, but we will endeavour to get your referral processed and contact you as soon as possible once programmes and clinics resume.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is all about getting people exercising because exercise is fantastic at helping improve the sensation of breathlessness, keeping your lungs clear of phlegm and ultimately…it helps to keep you independent.

We would like you to keep active and well during this time.

We strongly encourage you to go for a walk once a day (as per the government restrictions) and recommend going later in the day or earlier in the morning when it is less busy. There are other options if getting out is too difficult.

The British Lung Foundation has available on their website exercise videos to help keep you active. They can be found here: www.blf.org.uk/exercise-video

Before exercising, please discuss with your GP or another health professional prior to starting. This is to ensure your safety.

The British Lung Foundation also has information leaflets available for you to access. These cover topics including specific respiratory conditions, such as COPD, Asthma, Interstitial Lung Disease and Bronchiectasis. They also cover topics such as diet, oxygen and exercise.

Exercise may often make you breathless, so strategies to help you cope with this can be found here 

If you have COPD, ‘Living Well with COPD’ provides educational material on a number of different subjects including Breathlessness Management; Diet: Energy Conservation and Managing Stress and Anxiety. There are also exercise videos available too.                              www.livingwellwithcopd.com

To access this material, registration is required, but all the material is free for you once you have registered.

If you are struggling to clear your chest, simple airway clearance techniques can be viewed here.

These videos and links provide addition information and support for your respiratory conditions and on how best to keep yourself healthy.

If you have any questions, please do call the team on 01249 456 607 for further advice and support.

What is the service and what does it offer?

The team provides a specialist service supporting the Community Teams with the management and rehabilitation of patients with complex chronic lung disease including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma, Bronchiectasis, and Interstitial Lung Disease. This support ranges from discharge planning, admission avoidance and palliative support to the Pulmonary Advice and Community Exercise (PACE) rehabilitation programme, and lifestyle management.

We also provide a home oxygen service for adult patients registered with GPs in North, East and West Wiltshire.

How to access the service

The service can be accessed following a referral from a health care professional.

Contact

Respiratory Team office: 01249 456607